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Kenny McPeek


McPeek's best finish in the Kentucky Derby came in 1995 with Tejano Run, who ran second. He won the 2002 Belmont Stakes with Sarava the longest shot on the board at 70-1. His horse, Noble’s Promise, finished fifth in the 2010 Kentucky Derby. Tejano Run became McPeek’s first standout runner in 1995. The colt was purchased for $20,000 and made $1.1 million on the racetrack helping showcase McPeek's talents in purchasing horses and developing them into talented runners. In 2005, McPeek took time away from training horses to focus on being a bloodstock agent. He originally purchased Curlin for $57,000 in 2007 for owners Midnight Cry Stable, who later sold Curlin to Jess Jackson for an estimated $3.5 million. McPeek returned to training in 2006 and opened his own training farm in Lexington called Magdalena. McPeek graduated from University of Kentucky and went to New York to interview for a position as a stockbroker, but instead went to work for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey as a hot walker. His father Ron McPeek owned horses and was Ken’s first client when he took out a trainer’s license in 1985. The Mcpeek trained Golden Ticket won the G-1 Travers in 2012. Ken tied for leading trainer at the Churchill Downs 2012 Fall Meet. Top stakes winners in the McPeek stable have included, Repent, Take Charge Lady, Harlan's Holiday, She's A Devil Due, Bizzy Caroline, Kathmanblu, Salty Strike and Pure Fun.

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More Than Ready--Grey Song, by Unbridled's Song

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Kimberly Jean is by Grade 1 hero More Than Ready, who has made a name for himself in Australia by siring back-to-back juvenile champions in 2008-09.

Among his offspring to compete in the United States are Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint victor Regally Ready, who is a Grade 1 winner in Canada; Grade 1 Mother Goose vixen Buster’s Ready; and the 2010 winners of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and Juvenile Fillies Turf -- Pluck and More Than Real, respectively.

The dark bay stallion first found success on track, taking the Grade 1 King’s Bishop and finishing second in the Blue Grass and Vosburgh, both Grade 1s, in 2000.

More Than Ready also finished fourth in that year’s Kentucky Derby and Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, as well as fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Kimberly Jean’s dam, the Unbridled’s Song mare Grey Song, never competed on track, but her second dam is the Danzig mare Dispute.

That one captured four Grade 1s during her career, including the 1993 Kentucky Oaks, but hasn’t been able to find the same kind of success in the breeding shed. Her best descendants appear to be dual Group 3 diva Maoineach and Grade 2-placed stakes winner Tiz Now Tiz Then.

Kimberly Jean’s third dam is the Reviewer mare Resolver, who in addition to Dispute also foaled Grade 1-winning sires Adjudicating and Time for a Change, and her fifth dam is dual champion and Broodmare of the Year Misty Morn, from whom is descended champions Successor and Bold Lad.

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